Michael “Mike” Fakier | TGMC Board Chairman
Michael “Mike” Fakier is driven by a strong sense of service and volunteerism along with expanding his company’s footprint in the industry for 2020. He has been a member of the Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) Board of Commissioners intermittently since 1998 where he continues to make a tremendous impact. He currently serves as the Board Chairman and previously held the role of Finance Chair. He also gives back to our community by serving on the board of The Foundation for TGMC, where he was a founding member. Additionally, his service expands to the United Way for South Louisiana where he holds a position on the board. Our community is a much better place to live, work and raise a family having a life-long learner and servant leader with Mike Fakier as a member.
What path did you take that led you to where you are today?
“After completing high school, I pursued an accounting degree, while working part-time through college. Upon graduating in accounting, I worked twenty-one years for a major fabrication and shipbuilding company. In 2000, I became part-owner of a small steel and reach rod supply company, where I remain today. I also acquired a Series 6 investment license which allowed me to get involved in the stock market. I was appointed to the Board of Terrebonne General Medical Center in 1998.”
What is the biggest challenge you have faced over the years and how did you meet it?
“My biggest challenge was deciding to leave an accounting position, and pursue other opportunities within the organization where I worked. It allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, and seek further education in this new field of work. I also consulted with many individuals who were proficient in sales, human resources, and marketing.”
How do you see your company and hospital board changing in the next five years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?
“Our company was recently sold to a larger corporation, which will allow us to seek other opportunities and expand our footprint in the industry. I hope to facilitate this growth, along with the development of new products. As a TGMC Board Member, I would like to continue the expansion of our campus, add to our highly technologically advanced state-of- the-art medical equipment; and further develop partnerships with our exceptional medical staff.”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“I was told by an accounting professor at Nicholls that you should ‘never stop learning.’ I continuously strive to take on new challenges and develop a better understanding of those issues that are dealt with in the business world.”
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
“This may sound cheesy, but marrying an absolutely beautiful and wonderful woman, along with raising a fantastic daughter, who now has become an outstanding and caring young lady.”
Who has been your greatest influencer on your path to success?
“Two people; obviously my Dad, who instilled a strong work ethic and made certain I would receive the best education possible. The second was a gentleman I worked for at McDermott, who taught me how to treat co-workers, employees, clients, and friends with the utmost dignity and respect.”
How are you going to impact the Bayou Region in 2020?
“By continuing my strong sense of volunteerism. I currently serve as the board chairman for Terrebonne General Medical Center. I was also a founding board member of The Foundation for TGMC, the philanthropic arm of Terrebonne General Medical Center. I also serve on the board for the United Way for South Louisiana. These organizations impact the lives of so many people in the Bayou Region by providing the most modern healthcare with compassion, along with helping those who need a ‘hand up’. It’s both an honor and a pleasure to continue to be involved in 2020.“
How do you start your workday?
“Two cups of coffee; a half hour of news and a half hour of ESPN!”
Outside of work, what is something you are passionate about?
“My passion is sports. I love the Saints, Pelicans, Nicholls, and LSU. However, what I am most passionate about are the friends that I have made throughout the years. As time goes on, you realize just how important their friendship really is. They have all made an impact on me; I hope I have done the same for them.” •